Public Works

The Public Works Department is located behind the Township Municipal Office at 1499 Spring Garden Drive. The department consists of a Superintendent, seven skilled laborers/operators including a mechanic and three Municipal Authority employees. The Department is responsible for approximately 50 miles of roadway which involves snow removal, leaf collection, patching and paving, shoulder maintenance and repair, street sweeping, sign replacement, traffic lights, line painting, storm sewers, seven recreational facilities and baseball fields.

The Public Works Department also does maintenance repair work on its own equipment and police department vehicles. The Department also operates a dumpster detail. This permits Township residents to dispose of appliances and unwanted items on the first Saturday of every month unless it is on a holiday weekend. For further information and hours, call the Township office at 939-9377.


Dumpsters for large bulky items are available to Township residents the first Saturday of each month, from 8:00 A.M. Noon. The dumpsters are located at the Public Works shed at 820 Oberlin Road, next to the old fire station.  Please note that on holiday weekends, the dumpster schedule will be moved to the second Saturday of the month.

Items not acceptable for disposal in the dumpsters include

  • Appliances that contain freon, unless certified that the remaining freon has been removed

  • Paint cans, unless the paint is dried up

  • Electronics (this includes televisions, computers, monitors, microwaves, etc.).  Please see the Waste/Recycling tab for information relative to electronic recycling.

  • Tires

  • Batteries

  • Woody waste

  • Oil drums

  • Used oil

  • Car batteries

Permits for the dumpster can be be purchased at the Township Administrative Building during normal office hours (Mondy thru Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM) or directly at the dumpster during its operating hours. Fees are $10.00 per car trunk load, and $35.00 per truck load (a pick-up truck is the largest truck permitted). In addition, tires may be disposed of for a charge of $3.00 per tire.


January 7

February 4

March 4

April 1

May 6

June 3

July 1

August 5

*September 9 (second Saturday due to the holiday weekend)

October 7

November 4

December 2



Lester Lanman,  Superintendent of Public Works/Municipal Authority
Jeffrey Ash

Hayden Crick

Richard Fox III

Jeffrey Fultz

Edward Finsterbush Jr.
Charles Kline

John Lewis

Rodger Mason, Jr.

Paul Potts

Stephen Severin

Thomas Sultzaberger
Louis Yeich


November 20

7 PM

Municipal Authority Mtg.

November 21

6 PM

Greenwood Hills Homeowners Asso. Mtg.

November 29

7 PM

Zoning Hearing Board

November 23 & 24

Thanksgiving Holiday -- Twp. Offices Closed for Business



Lower Swatara Township - 1499 Spring Garden Drive - Middletown, PA 17057 - (717) 939-9377 - (717) 939-5682 Fax

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